RANCHO M'LEE by Oren Arnold


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Hearts flutter, Mexicans stutter as seventeen-year-old M'lee (for Michelee) Mayfield moves with her family to Tombstone, Arizona, circa 1882. Most of the time M'lee's father is recuperating from a bullet wound inflicted (by one of the notorious Clantons) when Mr. Mayfield tries to help a Mexican, and much of the story focuses on the condescending relationship with these Mexicans who ""regularly mix up English grammar and syntax"" (irregularly simulated by the author). The usual elemental problems (rain storms and romantic rivals) fail to dramatize a too-familiar pastoral of building a house and settling down in new territory, nor does Wyatt Earp's appearance as helper, friend and hero help. Plain dusty even if M'lee gets her man, so the researched details may go unnoticed.

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 1967
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman